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Tobacco

Nicotiana tabacum
For nearly the first twenty-five years of his ownership of the plantation, Jefferson grew tobacco as Monticello's main cash crop. By the 1790s that had begun to change, and in 1793 he wrote to George Washington "Good husbandry with us consists in abandoning Indian corn and tobacco, tending small grain, some red clover following, and endeavoring to have, while the lands are at rest, a spontaneous cover of white clover." Jefferson's practice of "Good husbrandy" transformed the Monticello landscape and its plantation community, but its effects were not felt at his western farms, such as Poplar Forest, where he continued to grow tobacco.
Growth Type: 
Annual
Color(s): 
White, Pink
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3, Zone 2, Zone 1
Location at Monticello: 
Vegetable Garden
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2001 Jun 26 to 2001 Nov 152009 Jun 11 to 2009 Jun 252013 Aug 15 to 2013 Nov 152014 Jul 17 to 2014 Nov 14
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